SOWINS gala takes you back in time

Travel back in time at the South Okanagan Women In Need annual fundraising gala with The Timebenders at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.

Travel back in time at the South Okanagan Women In Need annual fundraising gala with The Timebenders

Wear your dancing shoes and dress for your favourite decade as The Timebenders take everyone through a musical romp through the ages with the best dance music and outrageous impersonations of the greatest stars over the last 60 years.

The fundraiser held on May 10 at the Penticton Lakeside resort includes a sitdown dinner, entertainment by host emcee and auctioneer Herb Dixon and dance until midnight with The Timebenders. A live and silent auction and numerous raffle prizes will also be given away.

The Timebenders cover almost every musical genre from the vocally-charged harmonies of the 50s, the British invasion, California and Motown sound of the 60s, glam rock and disco beats of the 70s, the new wave of the 80s, divas of the 90s and even some surprises from this past decade and hits of today. Their impersonations include Tina Turner, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and more.

Dixon, who lives in Penticton, discovered as a teenager that he could make people laugh and has used his talent to tell engaging stories and bring his humorous antics to the stage.

Funds from the gala will go towards the Transition House and the many program services provided by SOWINS. The organization raises 30 per cent of their annual budget to make up a short fall that is not provided through government service contracts. This is done through revenues from the WINGS Thrift Store, an annual letter appeal and fundraising.

SOWINS is a non-profit charity that was formed in 1981 with a vision of a world where women and children live their lives free of abuse and violence. Their services include support and counselling to women and children in the South Okanagan, a 24-hour crisis line, assisting families starting over, advocating and more.

The SOWINS fundraising gala takes place on Saturday starting with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. Dinner, raffles, a live auction and silent auction run until 9 p.m. when The Timebenders will take the stage. Tickets are $75 and are available at WINGS Thrift Store and the Penticton Lakeside Resort.